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February 2016 OWISM Update:

Dear women faculty,

It is hard to believe that it is already 2016! I wish you all both personal and academic success in the upcoming year! This update is to provide you with information on the 2016 activities of the OWISM, as well as to make you aware of some interesting articles to read and videos to view!  Please check out the calendar on our website, OWISM Website Calendar.

OWISM Programs

Work/Life Intersection Series

The OWISM will hold its first presentation of the 2016 series entitled “Stress and Work-Life Fit” delivered by Karen Swartz, MD, Associate Professor of Psychiatry. This will take place on Monday, March 7, 2016 from 12-1pm in Miller Research Building, G01. Work and family responsibilities can feel overwhelming and trigger significant guilt about not accomplishing enough or being less effective than we would like to be.  Join us for a discussion about common triggers for feeling guilty, anxious and overwhelmed and strategies for successfully managing and building resilience to these challenges.  Please make all efforts to attend this important and informative session. please RSVP Stress and Work-Life Fit!  

The second presentation of this series entitled “Long-Distance Caregiving” will be held on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 from 12-1pm in the Miller Research Building, G03.  Living far away from loved ones can be especially challenging if they need help managing activities of daily living.  Join Meg Stoltzfus, LCPC from the Office of Work, Life and Engagement to learn about resources, technology and tips to assist you with the challenges of long-distance caregiving.  Please register for the Work/Life Session Long-Distance Caregiving if you plan to attend!

These sessions are open to women faculty and staff.  Please bring your lunch, dessert and beverages will be provided. Any questions please email

Bridging The Gap

The OWISM invites junior women faculty and women post-doctoral fellows (both in the basic sciences and clinical areas) to attend the first lecture of 2016 in our Bridging the Gap Series. This session entitled “Unconscious Bias” will be facilitated by Chiquita Collins, Associate Dean of Diversity.  Unconscious bias plays a significant role in your success and advancement at the SOM. How you perceive others and how you are perceived can have dramatic impact on your career and overall satisfaction. Please take the time to attend this important session which will be held on Wednesday April 27, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm in the Miller Research Building, G03. This session is open to all women faculty and female post- doctoral fellows.  Please reply to the Unconscious Bias if you plan to attend. Bring your lunch, beverages and desserts will be provided.

Information and Conversation Sessions

The OWISM will host its first Information and Conversation session of 2016 entitled “Resuscitating Your PowerPoint: Better Presentations for Academic Medicine” which will be facilitated by Rachel Salas, Associate Professor of Neurology, Medicine and Nursing. This session will provide you with important tips to improve your presentations, lectures you give, and play a vital role in your national recognition and subsequent promotion.  The session will take place on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm and will be held in the Turner Building, West Room. Please make the time to attend this important offering! This session is open to all SOM women faculty. Please register for the Information Conversation Session Resuscitating Your PowerPoint, if you plan to attend. Beverages and desserts will be provided.  


Our second book for this year's book club is:

When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi.

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

What makes life worth living in the face of death? What do you do when the future, no longer a ladder toward your goals in life, flattens out into a perpetual present? What does it mean to have a child, to nurture a new life as another fades away? These are some of the questions Kalanithi wrestles with in this profoundly moving, exquisitely observed memoir.

Paul Kalanithi died in March 2015, while working on this book, yet his words live on as a guide and a gift to us all. “I began to realize that coming face to face with my own mortality, in a sense, had changed nothing and everything,” he wrote. “Seven words from Samuel Beckett began to repeat in my head: ‘I can’t go on. I’ll go on.’” When Breath Becomes Air is an unforgettable, life-affirming reflection on the challenge of facing death and on the relationship between doctor and patient, from a brilliant writer who became both.

Lunch: Thursday, April 14th (12-1PM, Mary Elizabeth Garrett Room [Nutting Corridor]). Facilitator: Kim Skarupski

Dinner: Tuesday, April 12th (5:30-7PM, Mary Elizabeth Garrett Room [Nutting Corridor]) Facilitator: Joann Bodurtha

Invite a friend or two, bring your lunch or dinner and join us! RSVP to Lunch Book Club or Dinner Book Club!   A special thanks to Kim Skarupski and Joann Bodurtha for facilitating these!

Leadership Program for Women Faculty

The OWISM continues to plan, support and promote the Leadership Program for Women Faculty. We are presently in the middle of our seventh cohort and are beginning the process of planning for our eighth cohort. Recruitment for the eighth cohort will begin in May. The LPWF has been well received and highly endorsed by women that have attended. I am also pleased that a manuscript detailing our LPWF has been published in the women’s health journal.

Please contact the  with any questions!

Emerging Women Leadership Program

The OWISM continues to operate the Emerging Women Leadership Program. We graduated our fourth cohort in December. Please see the attached list of our most recent graduates!  I anticipate much success for these emerging leaders.  We have just initiated our fifth cohort in January!

Vice Dean’s Award!

I am pleased to announce that Lisa Ishii was this year’s recipient of the Vice Dean’s Award for the Advancement of Women Faculty. The award is given to a faculty member who has demonstrated commitment to recruitment, mentoring and advancement of women faculty at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Lisa is an Associate Professor, of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery, and Co-chair, of the Committee on the Status of Women.

Lisa joins a very impressive group of faculty who have previously received this important award. Previous awardees are listed below:

2009 - Susan MacDonald. M.D.

2010 - Emma Stokes, Ph.D.

2011 - Cynthia Rand, Ph.D.

2012 – Elizabeth Jaffee, M.D. and

              Jeanne Clarke, M.D., M.P.H, FACP

2013 – Jennifer Haythornthwaite, Ph.D.

2014 – Lisa Cooper, M.D., M.P.H.

2015 – Tina Cheng, M.D.

Leadership Cohort Lunches (LCL)

The Leadership Cohort Lunch program is designed to continue to provide networking opportunities for graduates of the LPWF program. The OWISM hosts 3 lunchtime sessions for graduates in the faculty commons room yearly. Light lunch is served and in addition to opportunities for networking, there will be a facilitated discussion of an identified (in advance of session) topic!   Our second cohort lunch of 2016 will take place on June 8, 2016 from 12-1pm in the Faculty Commons Room (MRB200).  Our topic will be “Pathways to Promotion, Part 2”.  Hopefully we will have a lively discussion around this topic!

Please RSVP to the LCL session if you are able to attend!

Other important notices:

What You Don't Know: The Science of Unconscious Bias and What To Do About it in the Search and Recruitment Process – An AAMC – Online course

There is overwhelming scientific evidence that unconscious bias may influence the evaluation and selection of candidates from entry-level to leadership positions in all types of organizations, including medical schools and teaching hospitals. This presentation, created for academic medicine audiences, is designed to acquaint search committees and others with this research as one step toward mitigating the effects of unconscious bias.


  • Academic medicine faculty and administrators, and other professionals in health care and biomedical research.

To participate in this free AAMC seminar, you must first complete a brief registration form. We ask for this information so we may understand who is viewing this seminar and why.

For more information, click here. Questions? Email Juan Amador.

Articles of Interest

Famous quotes, the way a woman would have to say them during a meeting.

“Leveling the Field: Between Privilege and Merit”

Happy Birthday Elizabeth Blackwell: The ABCs of Extraordinary Women Physicians

Plenty of moustaches but not enough women: cross sectional study of medical leaders

Ladies first: the struggle for equity in Texas and beyond

Chicago Professor Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Investigation

The Odds That a Panel Would 'Randomly' Be All Men Are Astronomical

Female professors are woefully outnumbered at med schools nationwide

There’s a way to get girls to stick with science–and no, it’s not more female role models

When Google increased paid maternity leave, the rate at which new mothers quit dropped 50%

A UK Columnist Suggested Female Doctors Are Hurting The System. They Had The Perfect Response

National Mentoring Month: Why Sponsorship Matters for Women in STEM

Some Video Links for you to view:

Amy Cuddy: Ted Talk

Kudos to these women faculty:

Please join the OWISM in congratulating Sharon Gerecht,PhD who has been appointed as Co-Associate Director of the Institute for NanoBio Technology (INBT). 

Congratulations to Elisabeth Glowatzki for being named the first women professor in Otolaryngology-HNS in 101 years.

Congratulations to Karen Horton, who has been named the interim Department Director of Radiology.

Please join me in congratulating, Namandje Bumpus, for her selection as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE).

We are pleased to announce Lisa Cooper has been names VP for health care equity at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

Thank you for your continued interest in the OWISM. If you have any comments or questions, please always feel free to contact the office at   Please remember to let me know of any awards or acknowledgements so that I can recognize everyone in this update. Lastly I am appreciative and welcome any articles and videos of interest to share. I look forward to seeing many of you at our upcoming programs! Please feel free to share this update with any of your students, residents, fellows and faculty colleagues.